State Capital Highlights

Court puts cut to Planned Parenthood on hold

A Travis County state District Court on Oct. 26 put a temporary restraining order on the state’s plan to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood for many years has been the largest of several organizations serving low-income women through the state-run Women’s Health Program funded mainly with federal Medicaid dollars. Pursuant to the restraining order, funding will continue […]

Texas Politics

Voting for President of - Ohio?

How can we get more attention paid to women’s issues in the presidential campaign in Texas? The question came from a women’s studies student at Texas a&M University. The answer is obvious to political pros: move to Ohio. Or one of the 10 or so other battleground states. As of mid-October, $177 million had already been spent on TV ads […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

A mariposa Saturday night

I t was a late Saturday afternoon when Donelle glanced out the front window and saw a cow, one lone cow, standing on her front porch. She did not look docile or friendly like some cows do. This one had a wild look in her eye. Donelle was pretty sure the cow came from a bunch that Mr. Mark had […]

Fire safety consultants offer solutions to volunteer shortage

Complaints were heard from citizens during the meeting of the Poteet City Council held on October 15. Larry Cantu, Denise Sanchez, Sonny Estrada, Gerard Herrera and Mayor Raul Ybarra were present; Greg Groesbeck was absent. The business of the meeting began with the approval of the September 4 meeting (Cantu abstained from the vote) and the unanimous approval of the […]

Writer’s Roost

Sid Lasher: Original friendly, chatty TV weatherman

I t’s amazing how important tomorrow’s weather is. Mothers want to know what’s likely so they can have the proper clothing ready for their children come morning and it’s time to get ready for school. Farmers and ranchers need to know about tomorrow’s weather because it affects so many things they do (or can’t do). Schools like knowing tomorrow’s forecast […]

Flashback of football and goblins

Another October has come and gone and with it came some new memories for my family and myself. Traditions are great to have, but as the years go on, those traditions have to be tweaked for change and new generations. For those of you out and about tonight, beware of the spooks, ghosts, and goblins. There may be a witch […]

Pleasanton trustees approve prom venue

The October monthly meeting of the Pleasanton ISD Board opened with the presentation of the “students of the month.” There were two from each campus who received a certificate and free passes to the Plestex Theatre. Board members present were Clinton Henson, Danny Brown, Blasa Chapa, Gerald Guerra, Jamie Downs, Amy Powell and President Frank Tudyk, Jr. Next was a […]

Jourdanton school board hears STAAR report

Theresa McAlllister presented the facts and figures for the new STAAR testing to the Jourdanton Independent School Board meeting on October 8. Members present were Mary Ramirez, Barbara Peeler, Pamela Manning, Jane Andrus, Tricia Taylor, Amador Lugo, Jr. and President Ramon De Leon. Based on TAKS scores, the tenth grade students were down in math and science, but up in […]

Fox questions Evergreen UWCD management plan

Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District Director Larry Fox questioned two points of the annual management plan report, at the Oct. 26 meeting. After the meeting, Fox provided some background information on the issue. Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code required groundwater districts to develop a management plan, said Fox. This came about approximately 10 years ago. This was the […]


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